Mrs Rogers' Words Summer Week 9
Did you know the title ‘High Sheriff’ dates back hundreds of years, to Saxon times, and is the oldest secular office in the UK, second only to the Crown? Many of you may well be nodding your heads, however, I must confess I needed to do some research to fully grasp the significance of the role which the incumbent holds for one year.
I discovered originally the High Sheriff was responsible to the monarch for maintaining law and order and collecting taxes within the shire or county they oversaw. Thankfully, the Berkshire High Sheriff’s visit this week was peaceful and not taxed! In fact, Alka Kharbanda’s tour of College Avenue was an orderly and enjoyable time for all involved. Miss Kharbanda was delighted to meet Junior, Senior and of course Sixth Form students who proudly showed her around their School, highlighting in particular the integration and contribution of our Ukrainian guests who have settled so well into their classes and studies. Miss Kharbanda was especially interested in talking to Ruslana and Valeriia about their UCAS applications and aspirations to study civil engineering and architecture respectively, with a view to them returning to Ukraine in time to support the inevitable rebuilding programme.
Olivia (Head of School), Jess (Deputy Head of School) and Parees (Student Leader responsible for the Learning Ambassadors) regaled Miss Kharbanda with tales of their exam series, thankfully now completed, their ambitions for studying at Loughborough and Bath Universities and in Parees’ case, his plans to build shelters for the homeless in Madagascar before studying dentistry at King's College.
On leaving, Miss Kharbanda wished the students the very best on Results Day and commented on having ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ her tour in a ‘marvellous environment and atmosphere at the school’.
Another new discovery for me this week was the popularity of mealworm and cricket burgers. As a vegetarian, I passed on the taste test, but Erin assured me these protein packed goodies are healthy and a sustainable alternative to meat patties. Go on - try one this weekend!
Have a lovely weekend!
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